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BREAKING NEWSFacebook now allows photos of women breastfeeding

Posted by on Jun. 15, 2014 at 12:56 AM
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Facebook now allows photos of women breastfeeding

Facebook will now allow photos of mothers breastfeeding
This photo, and many others like it, are now allowed under Facebook’s image guidelines (Picture: Getty)

Facebook has dealt with a wide array of controversy over the years regarding its image guidelines.

Most recently, it was criticised for removing an image of a lesbian couple kissing, after one user branded it ‘disgusting.’

But perhaps the most frequently discussed issue regarding images relates to photos of mothers breastfeeding, which the site originally deemed ‘obscene content.’

That was until three weeks ago, when Facebook changed its guidelines. In the site’s help section, the note on breastfeeding now reads:

‘Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re glad to know that it’s important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.’

Facebook stresses that almost all of the images they review are brought to its attention by Facebook users.

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maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Facebook backtracks on breastfeeding picture policy and tells mothers their images are 'natural and beautiful'

  • Facebook quietly changed policy three weeks ago
  • Tests by campaigners found that even if images received complaints, they were not removed
  • Changes welcomed by campaigner from #freethenipple campaign

By Mark Prigg

Facebook has changed its rules to allow users to post photos of breastfeeding.

Following a major online campaign called #freethenipple, it has been revealed the social network changed ts policy - but has not explained why.

Mothers took to the internet to complain after it was discovered breastfeeding photos were being banned.

Mothers can now post breastfeeding pictures of themselves on Facebook following a change in policy

Mothers can now post breastfeeding pictures of themselves on Facebook following a change in policy

FACEBOOK'S NEW POLICY

In answer tho the question 'Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?' the site revealed its policy change.

It's answer reads:

'Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook.

'The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.

'Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.'

Today it emerged Facebook changed its policy three weeks ago, updating a question in the sites help section to read: 'We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook.

'The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.'

It claims that many of the removals were actually due to complaints from other users.

'Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.'

To test the new rules, US parenting blogger Paala Secor posted a photo of her breastfeeding to her 4,655 Facebook followers, in which her nipple was exposed.

Less than a day after she released the photo, Facebook unpublished her page and warned it could be deleted, Secor explained on her personal blog.

She later received an apology from the website in which a member of the Community Operations  team admitted the page had been accidentally' removed.

She welcomed the changes.

 

'Seeing breastfeeding is important, as is being able to share those images without fear of scorn or deletion,' she wrote.

'Facebook has finally updated their policy regarding breastfeeding images,'

'They now match most state laws that specifically allow nipple exposure during breastfeeding. Exposure during breastfeeding doesn’t constitute indecent exposure.

'Why is this important? Basically, Facebook is slowly but surely realizing that women, or at least breastfeeding mothers at this time, are allowed to live in their own skin and share images of themselves topless (and breastfeeding) without being deleted for nudity.'

A photo resent by multiple users in the "free the nipple" campaign #freethenipple - which has now led to Facebook changing its policies.

A photo resent by multiple users in the "free the nipple" campaign #freethenipple - which has now led to Facebook changing its policies.

Alongside the picture, Secor wrote: 'We are proud to nourish our babies with our breasts and we will not be shamed for it.

'We will share our special/difficult/funny/priceless breastfeeding moments with our friends, families, and community and we will not to told [sic] to keep them to ourselves.'

Francesca Entwistle, a leader of Unicef's the National Infant Feeding Network and Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, told the Independent: 'It’s good that Facebook have finally responded to the concerns of users who wanted nothing more than to capture shared moments with their babies, and we hope that this new policy helps reduce the stigma around images of breastfeeding,'

SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Jun. 15, 2014 at 8:33 AM
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Good for them its about time.

Radiating2
by Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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Woohoo! Free the nipple and a breast feeding Momma! People should be ashamed at being ashamed of something so amazing and beautiful! So glad people stood up for this!
mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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this is good news

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

okie dokie

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jun. 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Okay.

VooDooB
by weird cheese on Jun. 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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Let the defriending begin.
Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Jun. 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM
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I see no issue with it.
RandRMomma
by Maya on Jun. 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM
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Good.
RandRMomma
by Maya on Jun. 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Lol

Quoting VooDooB: Let the defriending begin.
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